GOLD FRIDAY: Sumner woman taking on Black Friday

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 01, 2023 |

Urban Style, a fashion and living boutique in Sumner, Christchurch, has launched ‘Gold Friday’ in response to the pressure small businesses feel to heavily discount their products for Black Friday, right before the holiday season. 

Urban Style owner and Gold Friday founder, Gerry Shackleton says “instead of offering discounts, Urban Style and a number of other small retailers across the country are pledging to donate 5% of their sales on Black Friday to charity.”

“It’s great to see other businesses picking up this initiative. 

“Gold Friday not only addresses the pressure for small businesses to discount but also encourages community engagement and social responsibility among businesses and their customers.

“This is about ‘giving’ rather than ‘discounting’. 

“For smaller businesses like Urban Style, heavy discounting around Black Friday can erode profit margins during one of the most profitable times of the year. 

“But last year, using the Gold Friday blueprint, we nearly doubled our usual sales for that time of year, with shoppers supporting the initiative and choosing to shop local. 

“While a single store’s donation may seem small, the collective impact of multiple stores participating could be significant. Whether it’s pledging a percentage of sales or a fixed donation amount, every contribution counts.

“We would encourage any small business interested to get in touch and join the Gold Friday initiative. 

For more information about Gold Friday and to join or support the initiative, visit the Gold Friday NZ Facebook page at

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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